7 Powerful Statistics About Eating Disorders

Feb 04, 2015


It can be hard to see the full scope of a situation without stepping back to analyze the statistics and see the big picture of what is happening. Eating disorders are devastating families and individuals across the world every day, we ask you to take a minute and see just how large of an impact eating disorders are having on our society.


1. Up to 8% of the U.S. population suffers from an eating disorder.
That is nearly 24 million people and includes anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorders.

2. Only 1 in 10 with eating disorders receive treatment.
Over half of those who receive treatment will not have a medical team that specializes in eating disorders.

3. 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner.
Influenced by media, toys and peers, the age which individuals are being diagnosed with eating disorders is getting younger and younger.

4. An estimated 10-15% of people with anorexia or bulimia are male.
Eating disorders do not discriminate based on gender, race,income or orientation; they can affect anyone.

5. 95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25.
Eating disorders typically start in younger individuals. The best tool is to be educated and to educate about the dangers. Click here for a great resource.

6. In 2011, eating disorders received only $.93 per affected individual for research. Other mental illnesses, such as Alzheiber’s averaged $88 per affected individual and Schizophrenia $81 per affected individual.
Eating disorder research is extremely underfunded even though it has one of the highest mortality rates of any mental illness.

7. 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat.
Especially in the New Year, we are bombarded from every direction to start a new diet, enroll at a gym or by 'new year, new you' campaigns. All of this leads to weight stigma and other heavy consequences.

Every day, the Avalon Hills Foundation focuses on lowering these statistics by assisting individuals in need of treatment for eating disorders and to promote awareness of eating disorders through education, research and advocacy.

The best solution for awareness of eating disorders is to be educated and to educate those around you.

Click here for more information on eating disorders.

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